The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row.
- Mother Goose
There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed
But when she was bad she was horrid.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
These are two poems that are crashing around in my head today given my cranky state. Perhaps I woke up already in a negative frame of mind, but whatever the beginning, my feelings took a dive during the day. Several interactions with people were not very pleasant and I forgot to use my One Little Word - Breathe - at least until around lunchtime. That's when I decided to take a walk.
That did help a bit. Walking out the front door of the school and down the street under the warm sunshine, I took the opportunity to breathe deeply. All day though, I was struggling not to dwell on the negatives. When I was busy teaching, things were okay, but whenever I had a quiet moment, my thoughts strayed back to the hurtful words thrown my way and the stresses of the day.
I'm about to dive back into a lovely book and hope that my spirits lift. Often books have been a comfort and distraction. I wouldn't be very good company for anyone right now, but that is another reason why I love books. They don't mind if I'm grumpy.